Event Recap: Using Data and Technology to Achieve the SDGs

We capture links and resources highlighted in yesterday’s Data and SDGs side-event of Global Goals Week.

On Tuesday, Septemeber 19th, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, the GSMA, and the governments of Kenya, Colombia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, put on a data side-event at Global Goals Week. Titled ‘Using Data and Technology to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Tackling Global Threats and Ensuring a Better Future for Us All’, the event hosted two panels and four keynote speakers, and delved into examples of how different sector are using data and data technology to not only monitor but achieve the SDGs. The recorded session, almost two hours long, is available on UN Web TV.

New technologies and tools are available to shine a light on the most critical problems of our time and illuminate the path to the Sustainable Development Goals. But to take advantage of these opportunities governments will need to work together with their citizens, with the private sector, with regional bodies and global institutions to ensure that data becomes part of the infrastructure for sustainable development.
From the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data


In order of appearance:


The UN Foundation reminded the panel of it’s 3 initiatives dedicated to data-

  1. Data2x
  2. The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
  3. DIAL- the Digital Impact Alliance

The GSMA announced the new developments that have occurred as part of its Big Data for Social Good Initiative. Launched in February of this year, the initiative aims to leverage mobile operator’s big data capabilities in addressing humanitarian crises. Mats Granryd announced an Advisory Panel that was established to provide guidance regarding privacy and transparency of the data.

Ambassador Amina Mohammed mentioned the role of data in the SDG Partnership Platform, a public-private partnership created to provide healthcare to remote areas of Kenya.

Alicia Bárcena brought attention to the Division of Gender Affairs within the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Gender Equality Observatory.

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen highlighted the data work of PLAN International, focused on ‘counting the invisible girls’.

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